What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
- The amount of water in your body. If you are dehydrated, your chloride level is increased, and if you are overhydrated, your chloride level is decreased.
- Some medicines, such as Reference corticosteroids Opens New Window, Reference nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) Opens New Window, estrogens, male hormones (androgens), some blood pressure medicines, cholestyramine (such as Questran), and some "water pills" (Reference diuretics Opens New Window).
- Failing to collect exactly 24 hours of urine during a 24-hour urine test for chloride.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 26, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine